Graduates boost cancer patient health
Ask University of Queensland
Molly Shevill to share an inspirational story from her
ground-breaking work with blood cancer patients, and she is spoilt
Ms Shevill and fellow UQ School of Human Movement
and Nutrition Sciences graduate
Sam Hall have partnered with the Leukaemia Foundation of
Queensland and their employer, Aspire Fitness and
Rehabilitation, to release an exercise DVD for people with
Ms Shevill said the free Fit to
Thrive DVD complemented an ongoing three-year research
program aimed at improving fitness and quality of life while
decreasing feelings of fatigue and depression.
"There was one lady aged in her 70s with myeloma (cancer of
plasma cells) who was so weak when we first met her that she
couldn't hang washing on the line," Ms Shevill said.
"She needed stem cell treatment to fight the cancer, but she
wasn't strong or big enough to undergo the procedure.
"On the Fit to Thrive program she improved out of
"After six months she had the strength to receive the stem cells
and has continued to grow stronger and healthier."
Another woman had what she thought was an overly-optimistic
ambition of riding a bicycle down her street.
Within six weeks she had not only ridden down her street, but
also managed a full trip around the block.
"The program started as a pilot 12-week exercise intervention
for 30 people, but the results were so promising that it has now
become a much larger project," Ms Shevill said.
"After initial assessment, participants receive an
individualised program, mentoring, reviews and an introduction to
group classes, as well as supporting material.
"The DVD itself is a tool the Leukaemia Foundation identified as
a way to better assist those in rural areas, with different levels
of activities included, depending on the strength and stage of
treatment of the participant."
More information about Fit to Thrive is available on
freecall 1800 620 420 or from www.leukaemiaqld.org.au.
Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation is an arm of the Queensland Sports Medicine
Media: Ms Molly Shevill, +617 3310 4969, firstname.lastname@example.org
; UQ Communications Robert Burgin, +617
3346 3035, +61 0448 410 364, email@example.com
; Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland Ally
Tutkaluk, +617 3055 8233, firstname.lastname@example.org